HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Farm Show is underway with horses showcasing their many roles in agriculture in the Keystone State in competition and demonstrations.
Huston’s Belle exhibited by Joseph Mark Ryburn of Ryburn Homestead, Washington, Washington County, was named the Supreme Champion Draft Horse on Jan. 4.
Huston’s Belle won the Mare 5 Years and Older class before securing Grand Champion Mare and the Best of Breed title. Huston’s Belle won Supreme Champion at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg in 2016 as well.
The Percheron Best of Breed is Champ, exhibited by David Hershey from Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County.
Best of Breed for the Clydesdale/Shire, is Willow Way Juliette exhibited by Shannon Manning of Gateway Clydesdales from Fairfield, Adams County.
The champion gelding, stallion, and mare in each breed compete to be named Best of Breed. The Supreme Champion Draft Horse is selected from the Best of Breed Percheron, Clydesdale/Shire, and Belgian.
This year the Draft Horse Halter Show was in honor of Linda Landis who passed away last year. Linda and her husband, Lowell Landis, showed horses at the Pennsylvania Farm Show for 24 years.
Draft Horse Halter Show Results
Champion Gelding: BDF Storm’s Bruce exhibited by Don Sherwood of Tunkhannock, Wyoming County
Champion Stallion: SGF Baton Rouge, exhibited by Don Sherwood of Tunkhannock, Wyoming County
Champion Mare: Huston’s Belle, exhibited by Mark Ryburn of Ryburn Homestead, Washington, Washington County
Best of Breed: Huston’s Belle, exhibited by Mark Ryburn of Washington, Washington County
Champion Gelding: Leabra’s Archie Taylor exhibited by Joseph B. Sibio of Clark’s Summit, Lackawanna County
Champion Stallion: Gateway explorer, exhibited by Shannon Manning of Fairfield, Adams County
Champion Mare: Willow Way Juliette, exhibited by Shannon Manning from Fairfield, Adams County
Best of Breed: Willow Way Juliette, exhibited by Shannon Manning from Fairfield, Adams County
Champion Gelding: Champ, exhibited by David Hershey of Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County
Champion Mare: Blackmist Prince’s Surprise, exhibited by Tonya Scholl of Halifax, Dauphin County
Best of Breed: Champ, exhibited by David Hershey of Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County
Youth Showmen Compete for Top Honors in Draft Horse Decorating and Showmanship at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show
Representative David Zimmerman Claims Victory at Draft Horse Feed Scurry
This year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show featured a new event — the Celebrity Draft Horse Feed Scurry. Although past years included a feed scurry, this year representatives, senators, queens, former queens, and the Secretary of Agriculture, Russell Redding made their feed scurry debut at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Representative David Zimmerman smoked the competition, winning first place by more than five seconds. Representative Mike Tobash beat out Representative Ed Neilson by a mere 0.33 of second to take second place for the evening.
All Feed Scurry teams consisted of two draft horses and two teamsters. Each team was limited to one attempt of the course that stretched across the entire Equine Arena.
All competitiveness aside, the night was filled with good fun, laughter, and lots of learning for the first timers. Many competitors said they plan to return next year with high hopes of surpassing their 2019 ranking.
The list of the top 10 places were:
1st – 1:09.17 Representative David Zimmerman
2nd – 1:14.00 Representative Mike Tobash
3rd – 1:14.33 Representative Ed Neilson
4th – 1:15.47 Senator Ryan Aument
5th – 1:19.31 Senator Elder Vogel
6th – 1:20.33 Representative Dan Moul
7th – 1:25.43 Representative Cris Dush
8th – 1.27.66 Representative Eddie Day Pashinski
9th – 1:30.24 2018 PA State Fair Queen Liz Voight
10th – 1:34.13 Former PA State Fair Queen Lia Schmittel
Event sponsors included: Orrstown Bank, H.R. Ewell, Inc., Allan Myers, LP, Hanover Shoe Farms, PA Milk Dealers Association, Bell & Evans, Williams Companies, Inc., Adams Electric, PA Livestock Association, PennAg Industries, Freider Farms, Cohick Associates, PA Farm Bureau, PA Dairymen’s Association, Pennsylvania State Assos. Of County Fairs, PA Equine Council, EMM Sales & Services, Inc., Fulton Bank, People’s Bank, and Mark Hershey Farms.
Youth Put Their Handling Skill To The Test
Youth draft horse competitors took center stage on Jan. 5 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show as their grooming and handling skills were put to the test.
Competitors were given 30 minutes to bring their horses to show-ready condition by braiding and grooming their large draft horse. In the showmanship class, handlers were judged on their ability to effectively lead and present their horse to the judge. Before announcing the winners, judges worked with each exhibitor, providing tips for improving their performance as they continue to work with draft horses.
The winners of the decorating class, by age division are as follows:
Intermediate Youth Decorating – Sarah Sharp, Danville, Montour County
Senior Youth Decorating – Madison Ryburn, Chartiers Township, Washington County
The winners of the showmanship class, by age division, are as follows:
Showmanship Junior – Briana Seward, Fredericksburg, Lebanon County
Showmanship Intermediate – Sarah Sharp, Danville, Montour County
Showmanship Senior – Cassidy Roadarmel, Danville, Montour County
The Pennsylvania Farm Show draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to our capital city every year for a mid-winter celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture. It is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, featuring nearly 12,000 competitive exhibits, including more than 5,200 animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational, entertaining events. Visitors get a peek into the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $135.7 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year.
The 2019 show runs through Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Saturday, Jan. 12, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is $15.
For more information about the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit www.farmshow.pa.gov.
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